Student-made banner allegedly targets officer killed during 9/11

(Courtesy of Tabitha M. Estes on Facebook)

A banner targeting the opposing team at a San Antonio-area football game last week is receiving backlash from the public.

The student-made banner showcased at the District 27-6A matchup between Wagner and Smithson Valley had "what goes up must come down" written in red letters, with a plane crashing down. The aircraft resembled the Wagner Thunderbird logo, but the backstory behind the crashing plane drew backlash from Wagner fans.

Wagner High School is named after Karen Wagner, an army officer killed at the Pentagon when the building was struck Sept. 11, 2001, by a hijacked commercial airliner. Tabitha M. Estes shared a photo of the banner to our Facebook page, calling it "very very disrespectful."

Comal ISD Superintendent Andrew Kim released a statement Monday afternoon that said the banner was not intended to be disrespectful.

“We are aware that some in the Wagner High School community found the Smithson Valley run-through banner at last Friday’s game to be insensitive to the school’s namesake, Karen Wagner. We sincerely apologize to the Wagner community for this. The banner was in no way intended to be disrespectful, as the students who were involved in the creation of the banner did not know of the connection between the school’s namesake and the tragic events of 9/11. Again, we apologize to the Wagner community.”

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